Communication, an introduction

One of the broadest subjects of life is how we communicate with those around us – This spans from the language of our body, verbally spoken words, and words that are written or typed. These are the various ways in which we communicate; what defines them is simple yet more complex than just what is seen on their surface. Some you could argue are deeper than others, but it all depends on how you use any way of communication to share your thoughts/emotions with another person. The more forms of language someone uses that you can or have seen from them before are the parts that help form together a general knowledge of who they are, how they act, how they’ve changed when they do, and what exactly they mean by how they communicate. There is psychology involved in understanding communication of any form of life – The way nature acts, how chemicals react when combined, the movement and gestures a person makes while speaking as well can be defined by a philosophical view that everything communicates in a way for us to take in how we will. When you combine olive oil and normal water together, the oil will rise to the top and the water to the bottom, because water is denser than the oil which keeps them separate. When you put two people in the same room where both strongly feel they are right about any given thing that is opposite to what the other believes, they clash with their idea’s separating them as neither are willing to yield ground on their belief. Then there is the way nature reacts to pollution: There is much research done on the subject of green-house gases, leading to an eventual re-do, a change, the world goes through naturally – An ice age that nature pretty much causes as a reaction being one of those.

 

How communication involves psychology is through the tone of someone’s voice, the words they use, and their body language. If you aren’t familiar with the show “Lie to Me”, it is based on the research and work of Doctor Paul Ekman. This show explains his research into behavioral patterns and micro-expressions: There are universal expressions that people show their emotions through. They are very brief and can be difficult to detect unless you know what to look for. In the show, they show pictures of various known people from history and current people of the time the show was written during, using them as examples of micro expressions that had to deal with the situation(s) of an episode. These expressions don’t mean you’ll know why someone does or says something, they only give you a look into an emotion someone has. From there comes in the psychology of it – Psychologists spend time studying the human mind, how someone behaves, and working to understand why someone does what they do. Knowing what to look for is part of how they do their job, and in the show they went over this. When they would interview someone, they would record it with video or audio recorders so that they could look over what they had after, to figure out what to help decide what direction or how they should handle a situation. Polygraphs can only show when someone feels stressed about a certain topic or question, even anger – They don’t tell you if someone is lying. If you wish to look more into this research, there will be links at the bottom.

 

Everything in this world has a way to communicate. In physics you have Newton’s third law, everything has an equal and opposite reaction: Pollution causes our world to react as if it were a human with a flu, where it reacts via the chemicals being emitted into our atmosphere as its form of anti-bodies fighting back bacteria. Science can be used to equal out a balance that is healthy for our world to continue – In our atmosphere we have had certain amounts of chemicals for thousands of years that keep an ice age from occurring due to the green-house effect being in a more stable place. With all of our pollution, however, the balance is tipped to a point where the rays of the sun are magnified. This throws off the weather, causes instances to happen at points in the various seasons when they normally don’t, or even worsens the weather of a season. The polar ice caps are melting and if something isn’t done to stop it, we’ll have a massive flood. Not to mention we may lose one of the ways in which we can understand the changes our world has gone through over the billions of years it has been around. When you don’t take care of something, such as the world or environment you live in, you pass up opportunities to learn about what is around you. This isn’t only true about the world in the physical sense, but the lives of people and animals around us. If you rush through a conversation in hopes to finish early, you miss out on the communication being given – You may take time to think about it later regardless, this is true, but you communicate a lack of patience that doesn’t cause much good at all between you and the one you were conversing with.

 

Conversations don’t always need words: Your body language can be a conversation between another person and yourself. Someone feeling suicidal could feel reserved, choosing to keep quiet than talk as they’re letting their depression consume their thoughts. This depression could be from a lack of self-confidence or self-worth, both even. Someone could also be lively, energetic when around others. But when they’re alone they could fall into themselves, feeling lost or powerless of things they don’t let others see affect them openly. Suicide is something that hits those around them like a train – Those left without the person, even if they didn’t really know them, is usually shocked. Everyone smiles a little less when they find out someone takes their life. You think to yourself “Could I have done something? Did I do something? Why did they choose this?” – There is no sense in getting angry or pointing fingers to blame one or more people for what happened. All you can do is look over your own life and the choices you’ve made, to think about how you behave as a person. Everything we do causes an ongoing chain of reactions – You can choose to let any given thing affect you negatively or positively, it all depends on how you look at it. When someone takes their life, it is usually because of how they personally felt due to how they viewed what they were or had gone through in their life.

 

Animals don’t have a function in their brain like we as humans do. Our brain has an inhibitor that helps us handle our emotions – Animals act on raw emotions as their brain is without one. You can see how they act from their adolescence to their adulthood; how they react and handle various situations they face throughout their life. Typically dogs follow the lead of another when their base-instincts aren’t sufficient enough to guide them. They show confusion, sadness, anger, and happiness openly. How they experience things affects their way of thinking as it does with humans. If they’re around an owner or a group of people who are rowdy, aggressive, but not toward them specifically, they pick up on the emotions around them. They won’t always know what or who it is aimed to. Once they’ve grown accustomed to the people around them, they follow their lead – Their owner or general group they’re around get rowdy, and they follow suit. It can be speculated that this comes from a state of a pack-mind from before when dogs were still wolves and not domesticated, something that has been retained over the years as they have evolved into the animals around us today. This pack-minded thinking helps them find direction and understand things around them. If they’re beat on by an owner or multiple people, they form a sense of distrust and feel alone as they gain experience from their treatment, taking it in as if it will be something to come from anyone at any time – This brings out their instinct to survive.

 

It may not be realized just how deep the communication we or an animal give off. People usually fear others that react violently, as they don’t know what or when to expect something to happen. If you know nothing about chemical reactions and mix the wrong two chemicals together in a container, and the mixture begins to boil, you wouldn’t understand what exactly was going on or what to expect. You didn’t know it would begin to boil, so what else could it do? When we are faced with something we don’t know anything about, we use the knowledge we have to understand what is going on. If the mixture then explodes, shattering the container it was within, you’d know that the combination was dangerous. What we take from a situation is our end conclusion – In the chemical example, it would be not to do that again. Thankfully we have collections of knowledge we may learn from based on research and experiments others have done throughout the years. Sadly, history isn’t learned from as much as it should be, or else many things would not be the way they are today. Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the different areas that fall under this subject, in no particular order.

 

Links about micro-expressions:

(Part 1) http://www.blifaloo.com/info/lies.php

(Part 2) http://www.blifaloo.com/info/lies_eyes.php

(Part 3) http://www.blifaloo.com/info/microexpressions.php

(Part 4) http://www.blifaloo.com/info/lies-statement-analysis.php

 

Doctor Paul Ekman’s website:

http://www.paulekman.com/


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